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Self-service clouds have changed the way enterprises consume IT services. Corporations, public sector organizations and departments can now easily initiate a relationship with an outside service provider to take advantage of all of the benefits of the cloud (e.g. on-demand self-services, utility-billing, rapid deployment, instantaneous scalability, etc.). When these shadow IT environments are created, however, central IT is often not notified or involved in the process. This makes it difficult for businesses to ensure that security, governance and IT spend are well managed across the organization.
This is a guest post written and contributed by Andrew Gazdecki, founder and CEO of Bizness Apps, a Rackspace customer and mobile app maker for small businesses.
Analytics have become part of our everyday experience. If you have a Fitbit you can see analytics on your weight loss and step goals over weeks at a time. If you are a stock owner you likely get data analysis on your portfolio and their returns over a certain period. In business, if you happen to use Mailchimp to send out newsletters, you often see analytics on opens, click-throughs and more.
At its core, hybrid cloud is about flexibility and choice – it’s the ability to choose the infrastructure that is the best fit for your specific workload through a combination of public and private clouds and dedicated hardware. At Rackspace, we do this on cloud platforms built on open standards, specifically OpenStack. In this kind of model, cloud interoperability is imperative.
Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching. Companies pay millions of dollars to get that coveted 30 second commercial spot—and that doesn’t account for the cost to create the ads. For many big name companies, Super Bowl Sunday breeds big traffic numbers. It’s imperative that their websites and apps can stand up to the traffic blitz that this global event implies.
This is a guest post written and contributed by John Graham-Cumming, a programmer with CloudFlare, a Rackspace Cloud Tools partner that offers cloud-based services to secure and accelerate websites.
By Matt Juszczak, Founder, Bitlancer
It’s no secret that Rackspace loves startups! And the Rackspace Startup Program is committed to helping entrepreneurs drive the next generation of businesses by providing cloud products, services and coaching through select university entrepreneurial programs, accelerators, investors and others who share our passion for startups. We enjoy working hand in hand with our key partners in the startup community and helping them grow their startup companies year after year.
EDITOR’S NOTE 01.28.14:This week, Robert Malnati of Cedexis will join our Rackspace Google+ Hangout to discuss this post and how to improve user experience. Please join us at 1 p.m. CST on Thursday, January 30: https://plus.google.com/events/ci6jnjin8gbcsf0l1v51qpd72fk
As we close out another big year for data driven application adopters, the emphasis on delivering right business insights has never been greater. The companies that have embraced data analytics have quickly tapped into new revenue streams and innovated faster than their competitors. The conversation is no longer about when and why an organization should implement a robust data strategy, but which one they should focus on and how they will get valuable insights quicker. This may be best represented by the overwhelming attendance at this year’s fall Strata Conference focusing on the world of Apache HadoopTM, October 28 through October 30 in New York.
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